We paid another visit to Crich Tramway Museum last year but this time I took a greater mix of photos rather than just concentrating on the trams. This week the wood carvings in the Woodland Walk starting with the Green Man. The origins of the green man are lost in time and the folklore surrounding him goes back thousands of years. His foliate face peers down from buildings throughout the world and he has been the subject of much research. He is known by countless different names: Jack in the Green, Robin Hood, the King of the May, John Barleycorn and many others to many people all over the world.
Throughout history, by whichever name he is called, the Green Man represents the cycle of death to the birth of new life, the death of winter and the coming of spring; he is the caretaker of nature. The Green Man could be described as the male equivalent or partner to the female Mother Nature; the protector of the earth, the fertility of spring. It is only through his death in winter that there can be rebirth in the summer.
There is a gentleman who lives just outside Bath who would, I'm sure, love to have this in his garden, or perhaps he would enjoy having a monochrome Green Man instead like the one below ↓
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